Writing a Powerful Devotional
Devotionals come from the heart. They share, they are personal, and they
are short, usually about 250 words, though they can be longer. They center
on a single theme and a related Bible verse.
To illustrate, devotionals are like two friends curled up in easy chairs, one
sharing what's in their heart and the other listening, learning, taking into
their own heart what is being shared.
There are a number of things to do before you begin to write your devotional.
Immerse yourself in the Word of God. Read and study the Bible daily. When
what you are reading speaks to your heart, make note of the verse and what
the Lord is teaching you through it. Your devotional may be focused on a past
experience, but God will also give you fresh new experiences and thoughts to
use as you go through your day. Your devotional will often take shape around
those thoughts and experiences.
Think deeply about how Jesus related to those around him who were hungry
for His words. Think about how He taught them through the simple things that
they saw and experienced every day. It didn’t matter how young or old they
were, His love for them showed in easily understood stories. Your devotional
will share the truths you have learned through how God is working in your life.
Watch for all the Holy Spirit will reveal to you as you walk through your day.
Whether it be the revelation of God through the grandeur of a sunset through
storm clouds or the sweet smile of a child directed at you or the hands of your
mother rolling out pie dough or the aroma of night blooming jasmine awakening
you at two in the morning, listen to what the Holy Spirit is saying through these
Listen also for lessons the Holy Spirit will show you in a mother’s admonition to
her child, the frustration of a homeless man, the fear of a teen in trouble, or the
hurtful, thoughtless words of a co-worker. God is everywhere in all things and
you will learn from each experience He allows in your life.
Before you begin to write--pray. Ask the Lord to show you what message He
wants you to share with those who will read your words. Open your Bible as
you pray, and ask for guidance for your message and theme and scripture.
God has given you a personality and style no one else has. He will speak through
your devotional to the hearts of others who need to hear. Through your words,
He will help you reach out others to inspire them through the experiences He has
given expressly to you.
No one in all the world has lived their life exactly like you have. You have a
precious and unique slant on life that you can share through a devotional.
Even though many others may have written on the same subject, like
snowflakes and fingerprints, we each have own individual way of seeing
and sharing that subject.
When you talk your friend in the other easy chair, you look at them with
love and compassion and as you share, you draw them in. There will always
be another of God’s children going through much the same challenges and
things that you are and who will readily relate to your words. What you share
will uplift and strengthen them as you reveal your own experience. As you
write, show what you felt and learned and how you grew through the
experience. Share what is in your heart as therein lies the power and the
beauty of your relationship with God, and with your devotional.
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